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Producers' Post February 2015

Posted on February 18, 2015

The Producers' Post is a regular update intended to keep producers informed on announcements, upcoming deadlines and events and anything else of interest. To be notified when a new post is up, please subscribe to the PIC newsletter. Included in this month's post:



Festival Deadlines

Funding Deadlines

Job Opportunities




America by the Numbers Binge Festival - Watch all 8 episodes and join the conversation 

Independent Lens is seeking submissions - deadline March 27  

Kumu Hina: Teaching us all about love and acceptance - International Examiner 

Language, Identity, Culture, and Diversity - Language Matters with Bob Holman - EdCentral 

Let the World Speak! - Language Matters with Bob Holman - Huffington Post 

Listening tour about documentaries on PBS brings debate to WNET's hometown - Current

POV Hackathon 8 - Application deadline March 6

Standing on Sacred Ground - Coming to public television beginning April 2015 


CAAMFest - San Francisco, March 12-22

Language Matters with Bob Holman - PBS Hawaii broadcast - March 19 8:00 p.m.

Sundance Institute Short Film Lab - Honolulu, March 21-22

Language Matters with Bob Holman - PBS Hawaii broadcast - March 22 1:00 p.m.

POV Hackathon 8 - New York City, April 5 

America by the Numbers: Island of Warriors - DisOrient Asian Film Festival, Eugene, OR - April 17-19 

San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase - April 16-23 

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival - April 23-30 

Festival Deadlines

AFI Docs (formerly Silverdocs) - late submission deadline March 2 

Funding Deadlines

IFP Independent Filmmaker Labs - documentary deadline March 6, narrative deadline April 3

IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most:  through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

Applications are now open. The deadline for documentary submissions is March 6th, 2015, while the deadline to apply for narrative submissions is April 3rd, 2015. Must be an IFP member to apply. 

Vision Maker Media 2015 Public Media Content Fund – deadline March 18

Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Funding types include: Research and Development, Production, Post-Production, and New Media.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship - deadline April 6

The coveted national award includes support ranging up to $20,000 per artist. Awards will be made in six artistic disciplines, including: performing arts, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities are eligible to apply.

ITVS LINCS Fund - rolling deadline

LINCS (Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations) provides matching funds to producer-station partnerships. Up to $100,000 in matching funds is available for a single broadcast program. LINCS accepts single public television programs of standard broadcast length, that include both broadcast and transmedia components, programs that can be completed within one year of contract, and will engage national as well as regional audiences, revealing universal themes through the lens of local perspectives and realities.

Ford Foundation Grants - rolling deadline

Ford Foundation grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Requests are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Types of support include grants, recoverable grants, loans and loan guarantees.

Job Opportunities

Public Television stations – Summer or fall internships available for American Indian and Alaska Native college students at Public Television stations - deadline March 24

National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture (NAMAC) Job Bank - Comprehensive nationwide listing of job opportunities in media arts 

POV Documentary Series Internships - Currently accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2015 


Active Voice - Resources - Discussion tools, field resources, and case studies created by a team of communications experts who specialize in working with powerful films to advance movements for social change 

Campfire Film Foundation - Short film acquisitions, awards, resources

Center for Independent Documentary - Filmmaker services, fiscal sponsorship

Panavision New Filmmaker Program - Grant program loans camera packages to student and beginning filmmakers

POV - For Filmmakers - Resources for filmmakers, including video interviews with master nonfiction storytellers, articles with filmmaking tips, and news about funding and calls for entries. Also over 50 documentaries from POV series free to watch online. 


Intellectual Property Issues for Content Creators Workshop - Honolulu, February 28 

Branded Documentaries: An Intensive Seminar on Creative Content - UnionDocs - New York City, March 20-22

This seminar is a theoretical and practical intensive course designed for documentary filmmakers looking to develop their skill sets in the emerging field of branded content. Branded videos are on the rise, as clients are looking to engage with their customers through creative collaborations. Filmmakers can learn how to build a sustainable practice for financing their own works. Early bird deadline February 27th. 

Full Spectrum Storytelling Intensive - UnionDocs - New York City, April 27-May 1

This audio-first intensive designed by AIR in partnership with UnionDocs exposes producers to a broad range of creative approaches to storytelling and provides an expanded set of technical skills for the 21st century multimedia environment. Early bird deadline March 6, regular deadline March 20th. 

UnionDocs Summer Documentary Intensive - New York City - deadline March 2nd 

The Summer Documentary Intensive is a 5 week program for a select group of emerging filmmakers from the US and abroad. The program explores contemporary approaches to documentary film, offers a strong understanding of the best practices and business of production, and helps to develop the foundation of your independent project. Early bird deadline: March 2, regular deadline: March 16.

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